Days after a fire destroyed an estimated 90 percent of the collection of Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, the county and city are coming to terms with the devastating loss of national heritage. In the wake of the blaze, a post-mortem has now begun to tally the scale of the loss.
“We were able to remove a lot of things from the inside with the help of workers of the museum,” a spokesperson for Rio’s fire department told the Guardian. Early indications, however, suggest that more than 20 million artifacts have been badly damaged. Amid the rubble, a number of irreplaceable treasures have been lost. Below are nine kinds of artifacts that are believed to have been lost or damaged in the fire.